I got a grant to create wearables for a performance that I will create as a part of my senior project! I am excited and grateful, and below are the little bits of planning. FYI, this WHOLE section will be full of spoilers for the performance. (;
Interaction, Color & Placement Planning
In the first table of this page, I have laid out my plan for identifying dancers, the colors, the cut & sew of their clothing, and wearable placement and functionality. In the second I have laid of the pairing of the people. In the table, I explain my reason for pairing each style and describe the interaction that will happen between the two dancers.
What is not explained is the genders. I think this is important to my values, but not necessarily my message. I believe anyone should be allowed to be with whoever they want and that the power dynamic (who wears the pants) is a very big spectrum. So I have a traditional M/F dynamic for the hip hop/ballet pairing, and a F/F for house mostly because both swing and house are done by women, but not dominated by women. The contemporary/blues couple will be fairly balanced, but lead towards the female controlling the interaction. And the aerial dancer (who will be me) is female because I happen to be a female. Also because I think there is a lot of social stigma about females choosing to be alone which I believe is wrong.
[in progress] Relationship Stories and Progression
This is currently the least developed of the sections. I know where I want things to start and end, but the middle will develop as I interact and choreograph with the dancers and get to know them as people. The best way for dancers to act is naturally in my opinion. So the stories will develop and grow with the project.
Initial Costume Sketches
Left to right:
Aerialist: Traditional aerial garb, LEDs sprinkled between sequins in a mock neck long sleeve crop top and waist high briefs.
Swing dancer: Cut and sew T and full circle skirt. Keds with a wingtip pattern in LEDs, (revealing the traditional nature of swing).
Blues dancer: This sketch differs a little bit from the description I have proposed in the first table in the first photo/page. I was struggling with finding a way to incorporate LEDs into simple men's ware.
Contemporary dancer: Easy peasy. Black shorts, black top with spangled arms and shoulders.